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‘Stolen Children' with David Wickham
Tuesday 15th November, 7pm
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‘The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work’ with David Frayne
Wednesday 16th November, 7pm
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‘Writing Police Wrongs’ with Courttia Newland and Tony White
Saturday 26th November, 6.30pm
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‘Angry White People: Coming Face-to-Face with the British Far Right’ with Hsiao-Hung Pai 
***SADLY THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED - VERY SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE***
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‘Orwell's Politics: A Panel Discussion’ with Richard Blair, Paul Anderson, Richard Lance Keeble and John Newsinger
Thursday 1st December, 7pm 
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‘Liberty Tales: Stories and Poems inspired by the Magna Carta' with Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan, Carolyn Eden and Katy Darby
Saturday 3rd December, 5pm
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‘Black Dog Publishing: The Art of Politics’ with Ele Carpenter and Mark Nash 
Saturday 10th December, 6.30pm
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‘This is the Place to Be’ and ‘Wound’ with Lara Pawson and Richard Scott 
Wednesday 14th December, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

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NOVEMBER ZED BOOKS TAKEOVER

The wonderful Zed Books will be taking over the events programme for November. Zed publishes across a wide range of topics, and perhaps best known for publishing the work of marginalised individuals and groups, many of them originating in the Global South, as well as others from oppressed elements of ‘Western’ society. Zed is also a workers’ co-op – in fact it’s the world's largest English-language publishing collective.

And on top of that they’ve also got a brand new website! https://www.zedbooks.net

BOOK LAUNCH
‘Stolen Children'

with David Wickham
Tuesday 15th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


A compelling and wonderfully authentic novel, full of vivid detail and powerful emotion - William Boyd

Terror stalks the streets of Argentina, during the Dirty War. The fascist military Junta brooks no opposition. Death Squads take away anyone who disagrees with the dictatorship. 30,000 people simply disappear.

Like many in the Buenos Aires aristocracy, successful lawyer Guillermo Haynes thinks the Junta is fighting a just war. When he falls in love with Caridad, a young student, who subsequently disappears, Guillermo realises too late just how dirty the conflict has become. But as he replays his failure to do the right thing, Guillermo discovers he has a child, taken from Caridad before she was killed. In a race to find the child, before all the evidence is destroyed, Guillermo faces his own demons, as the true horror and scale of the Junta’s war becomes apparent.

Based on true events which are only now being revealed, Stolen Children is both a terrifying story full of suspense, and an extraordinary tale of pathos and determination. An emotive tribute to those who lost their lives, or their children and grandchildren during Argentina’s military dictatorship.

About the Author

David Wickham has worked all over the world as a writer and television director and producer on news and documentaries, factual entertainment and drama programmes. He has won numerous international awards in London, New York, Banff and Monte Carlo and also earned a Royal Television Society award for his work. He first came across the story of Argentina’s stolen children while working on a documentary about the sinking of the General Belgrano, after the Falklands War. He has since made two documentaries about the children (one for the BBC and one for ITV) and has now turned the story into a novel. David is married and currently lives in south east of England.

 

ZED BOOKS TAKEOVER
‘The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work’

with David Frayne
Wednesday 16th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Paid work is absolutely central to the culture and politics of capitalist societies, yet today’s work-centred world is becoming increasingly hostile to the human need for autonomy, spontaneity and community. The grim reality of a society in which some are overworked, whilst others are condemned to intermittent work and unemployment, is progressively more difficult to tolerate.

In this thought-provoking book, David Frayne questions the central place of work in mainstream political visions of the future, laying bare the ways in which economic demands colonise our lives and priorities. Drawing on his original research into the lives of people who are actively resisting nine-to-five employment, Frayne asks what motivates these people to disconnect from work, whether or not their resistance is futile, and whether they might have the capacity to inspire an alternative form of development, based on a reduction and social redistribution of work.

Reviews for

'A well-written romp through theory and critiques of work… Amid the hard-work rhetoric, this book feels liberating and a worthy provocation.'
Financial Times

'Rigorous arguments for the desirability of an end – or a radical reduction – to the amount of work we do, and searching analyses of how this might be achieved.’
LSE Review of Books

'Leads the reader to question if the growing disillusionment with work could blossom into a political alternative and create change on a societal level.’
Impakter

‘This is the most engaging and comprehensive book I’ve ever read about how work dominates our lives. It is insightful and inspiring and should be read by everyone who goes to work every day, if they can find the time.’ 
Sharon Beder, author of Selling the Work Ethic

‘A humane reassessment of the ethics of work which will appeal to anyone who has wondered whether the job they are fighting so hard to get, or to hold on to, really is worth the struggle.’ 
Ralph Fevre, author of The Demoralization of Western Culture and Trouble at Work

About the Author

David Frayne is a sociology teacher and social researcher, based at Cardiff University. You can follow him @theworkdogma.


PART OF THE LOCOMOTRIX SERIES
‘Writing Police Wrongs’
with Courttia Newland and Tony White
Saturday 26th November, 6.30pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Our guest will be throwing their proverbial books at the police with readings of fiction and poetry related to police injustice, followed by conversation.

London authors Tony White and Courttia Newland both burst on to the literary scene in the late 1990s. Since then their paths have crossed occasionally, most recently when they discovered that they had each been writing fiction which addresses—each in their own ways—the controversial issue of deaths in police custody in the UK today.

Courttia Newland will be reading his powerful short story 'Reversible' from the new Sex and Death anthology edited by Sarah Hall and Peter Hobbs and published by Faber and Faber.

Tony White will be reading 'The Holborn Cenotaph', a short story which uses the language and performance of contemporary law enforcement and policy to frame a satirical proposition that has been described by one audience member as 'jaw dropping'.

The readings will be followed by discussion. Newland and White are both accomplished readers of their fiction, so come along to Housman's to hear, and to be entertained and provoked—and to chat with—two of the best contemporary novelists around.

Reviews of Courttia Newland
'Courttia Newland published his first novel in 1997, at the age of 23 ... Newland's first novel, The Scholar, was a coming-of-age piece about two cousins growing up on the same estate but choosing very different life paths. The Gospel According to Cane, his seventh book, is a coming-of-middle-age novel, but one seasoned with style and sophistication.' Bernardine Evaristo, the Guardian

'Newland is to be congratulated ... he deserves respect for representing the racist reality many Britons face daily' Big Issue

'Newland's characters take the reader on an emotional roller coaster – one minute you're laughing – next you are in suspense' The Voice

'It could be argued that all tales are, somehow, about sex or death, but in this collection of 20 short stories written by authors around the world, these tantalising themes are thrust into the spotlight ...there's plenty to provoke longer thought — Fin by Lyn Coady and Rerversible by Courttia Newland throw up difficult subjects that it is hard to forget' Herald on Sunday

Reviews of Tony White
'Super dry, dark and funny. Glasnost for UK cops' Tim Etchells

'Rejecting familiar influences of the past 20 years, White joins a handful of contemporary writers who are proving that the novel has never been more alive. He is a serious, engaging voice of the modern city.' Michael Moorcock, the Guardian

'White is our nimblest political novelist ... there is always an engaging lightness of touch, a deft ability to wind out stories that carry a freight-load of edgy material with a beguiling ease.' 3am Magazine

About the Authors
 Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award, The Frank O' Conner award, The CWA Dagger in the Library Award, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Theatre 503 Award for playwriting as well as numerous others.

His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. His story, Reversible, is included in the Faber Anthology Sex and Death. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing. A latest work, Cosmogramma, a collection of speculative fiction short stories, will be published by Jacaranda in 2017.

Tony White is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Foxy-T (Faber and Faber, 2003). His new novel The Fountain in the Forest will be published by Faber and Faber in 2017. His most recent novel Shackleton's Man Goes South was published by the Science Museum—the first novel the Museum has ever published. Tony is also the author of one non-fiction work Another Fool in the Balkans: In the footsteps of Rebecca West (Cadogan, 2006).

Tony has been writer in residence at the Science Museum, Leverhulme Trust writer in residence at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and creative entrepreneur in residence in the French Department at King's College London, funded by Creativeworks London. Tony White is chair of the board of directors of London's award-winning community radio station Resonance 104.4fm.

ZED BOOKS TAKEOVER
‘Angry White People:
Coming Face-to-Face with the British Far Right’
with Hsiao-Hung Pai
***SADLY THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED - VERY SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE***
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

There is a new anger brewing in Britain. In the pubs and estates, the cafes and football stadiums, the mood is unsettled. People kick back increasingly against whoever or whatever is presented as the latest scapegoat.

Delving deep into the day-to-day of the most marginalized section of the white working class, Angry White People offers an unparalleled survey of this anxious, uncertain, febrile Britain. From far-right street fighters to UKIP activists, Hsiao-Hung Pai conducts a fantastically daring investigation. Amongst those she follows are Darren, a Lutonian who helped found the English Defence League (EDL) but is now a dedicated anti-racist Labour activist, and Tommy Robinson, infamous founder of the EDL, whom Pai observes changing from a young, foul-mouthed kid to a suited-and-booted Oxford Union guest speaker.

Uncovering disturbing levels of racism in our society which must be confronted, Pai also identifies legitimate concerns arising from exclusion and inequality in a post-industrial economy. Angry White People is the essential account of social discontent in Britain today.

Reviews

‘Pai should be congratulated for tackling the subject and doing it with courage and passion….[a] timely contribution.’
Times Literary Supplement

'An enlightening, thoughtful and intelligent study in what makes the far right tick.' 
The Independent

'The virtue of Pai’s work is that, because she has many conversations and reproduces them at length, complexity is conveyed.'
Financial Times

'Hsiao-Hung skilfully draws out the sense of abandonment by mainstream politicians.'
New Statesman

'A lucid account of a deluded movement.'
New Internationalist

‘With her calm and unflinching investigative journalism, Hsiao-Hung Pai sheds light on the dynamics of class and racism in Britain today. Essential reading for anybody interested in the contemporary far right, and what feeds it.’ 
Daniel Trilling, author of Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain’s Far Right

‘One of Britain’s best investigative journalists, Pai addresses a defining issue of our time: the nature of extremism. The result is one of the finest accounts of the British far Right.’ 
Arun Kundnani, author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror

About the Author

Hsiao-Hung Pai is a writer best known for her books Chinese Whispers: The True Story behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Orwell Prize, and Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants, which won the Bread and Roses Award in 2013. Pai’s third book, Invisible: Britain’s Migrant Sex Workers, was published in 2013. As part of her research for the book, Pai worked undercover as a maid in brothels all over the country. Pai’s first work of fiction, Hidden Army of Labour, was published in the Chinese language in Taiwan and China.

Pai has lived in the UK since 1991. She is a contributor to The Guardian and many UK-Chinese publications.

‘Orwell's Politics: A Panel Discussion’ with Richard Blair, Paul Anderson, Richard Lance Keeble and John Newsinger
Thursday 1st December, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

The event marks the launch publication of George Orwell Studies, an academic, peer-reviewed journal, co-edited by Keeble and Newsinger and published by Abramis, of Bury St Edmunds.

Discussing Orwells work will be Richard Blair, son of Orwell and Patron of the Orwell Society, Paul Anderson, author of Orwell in Tribune, and John Newsinger, Professor of History at Bath Spa University. It will be chaired by Richard Lance Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln and chair of the Orwell Society.

LOCOMOTRIX EVENT
‘Liberty Tales: Stories and Poems inspired by the Magna Carta”
with Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan, Carolyn Eden and Katy Darby
Saturday 3rd December, 5pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Housmans are proud to welcome authors Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan, Carolyn Eden and Katy Darby to read a selection of stories and poems inspired by the Magna Carta and to celebrate the publication of Liberty Tales by Arachne Press.

2015 marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and Arachne Press celebrated with an evening of stories, poetry and song on the subject of Liberty. The call out continued until the end of the year, and the collected and eclectic responses have been published in Liberty Tales.

Liberty, personal, and legal, is the starting point of this wide ranging collection of responses to the Magna Carta, some directly relating to specific clauses of the document signed by King John, others more concerned with how we experience and search after freedom in the 21st Century, particularly with the Human Rights Act constantly under scrutiny.

The stories to be read at Housmans consider the freedom to travel and grow, love in captivity, to walk out, and include a small prison drama.

About the Author

Cherry Potts is an author and the director of Arachne Press. Cherry runs workshops for writers and teaches creative writing as a visiting lecturer at City University, London.

*Please not that this event is held downstairs in the Vaults and is non-wheelchair accessible

‘Black Dog Publishing: The Art of Politics’
with Ele Carpenter and Mark Nash
Saturday 10th December, 6.30pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Black Dog Publishing Limited London specialises in beautifully produced illustrated books that represent a fresh, eclectic take on contemporary culture. This independent publishers take a daring, innovative approach to their titles, producing books that challenge, provoke and entertain.

Housmans will be showcasing two daring, thought provoking publications by independent publisher Black Dog exploring the intersection between art and politics. Curator Ele Carpenter discusses nuclear artistic and cultural production, whilst Mark Nash explores African artists and Soviet communism. 

Carpenter is the editor of The Nuclear Culture Source Book: an excellent resource and introduction to nuclear culture as one of the most prominent themes within contemporary art and society, this book explores the diverse ways in which post-Fukushima society has influenced artistic and cultural production.

Red Africa Affective Communities and the Cold War, edited by Mark Nash, traces the work of African artists and filmmakers who studied in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc under free education schemes originally offered under the Third International. Across a series of essays and artist contributions, Red Africa explores the crosscurrents of international solidarity and friendship.

About the Editors

Ele Carpenter is a curator and writer in politicised art and social networks of making.  Her curatorial practice responds to interdisciplinary socio-political contexts such as the nuclear economy and the relationship between craft and code. Ele is Associate Curator with Arts Catalyst and Bildmuseet, her current exhibition Perpetual Uncertainty, at Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden, runs until 16 April 2017.

Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer. His formation was in film theory and culture, editing Screen between 1977 and 1981. He has worked with artist Isaac Julien on several projects such as the film Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask and the exhibition Reimaging October at the Calvert 22 Foundation in 2009. He collaborated with Okwui Enwezor on The Short Century exhibition and Documenta XI. Most recently he curated Things Fall Apart at Calvert 22 Foundation.

LOCOMOTRIX EVENT
‘This is the Place to Be’ and ‘Wound’
with Lara Pawson and Richard Scott
Wednesday 14th December, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Part of our Locomotrix series of events, Housmans is thrilled to invite Lara Pawson and Richard Scott to read from their work and discuss the power of self revealing and confessional writing both for the writer and reader.

At a time when self branding is on the rise from selfies to indulgent self-reflections across social media, the resonance and importance of recounting the lived experience and personal facts in an intimate, lucid and honest manner becomes not only important for our connections to each other but a necessary antidote to the current trends of confessional writing.

To mark the publication of Lara Pawson’s extraordinary new memoir, This is the Place to Be, join us for an intimate evening with Lara Pawson and poet Richard Scott for an exploration and conversation on the themes of memory and confession.

Reviews

Lara Pawson:

‘What makes a life? Lara Pawson’s lucid, sudden and subtle memoir unpicks the spirals of memory, politics, violence, to trace the boundaries and crossing points of gender and race identity.’ Joanna Walsh

‘A crushingly honest memoir of war, war correspondence and personal mayhem … Her focus is direct, bleakly honest, and as a result full of hope.’ M. John Harris

Richard Scott:

Wound impresses with its colourful cast of lovers, martyrs, predators and porn stars, leading the reader on a journey into the lower lit corners of sexual experience and desire. Scott is a poet with something to say and the considerable skills with which to express it in the most memorable lyric terms. ‘All of us are capable of great change’, reflects one of his striking characters: I was reminded, throughout, of the transformative power of art.‘ Colette Bryce

‘In Wound, Richard Scott conveys the affliction of desire, that entanglement of cruelty and tenderness, with an unwholesome intensity. His carefully shaped poems are both poignant and pungent, articulated with a smarting self-awareness. They read like the kind of official warning you can’t help taking as a recommendation.‘ Gregory Woods

About the Authors

Lara Pawson was born in London, a city she left at sixteen for a hamlet in Somerset. For stretches, she has also lived in Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Johannesburg, Luanda and an auberge in the Alpes-Maritimes. She is now back in London, firmly in its north-east corner, working on a novel.

Richard Scott was London in 1981 and was educated at The Royal College of Music, The Faber Academy and Goldsmiths College. His poetry has been published in numerous  magazine.  His pamphlet, Wound, was shortlisted by Faber and will be published by Rialto in 2016.

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